Meet the team

Meet the team

Meet the Speak With IT Team…

James Major

I’m James and I am the Chief Executive Officer for Speak With IT. I am passionate about the charity sector and have held various roles prior to joining SWIT, working in community centres and colleges among other places. In my spare time, when not pretending to be the children’s TV character Bob the Builder with my 4 year old son, I continue to strive to find the time to become the acclaimed novelist I will undoubtedly be in retirement. I live in Leeds with my family and have two cats, Bobby and Arlo.

Emma Wray

Hi I’m Emma and I’m the Project Support Officer for the charity. I’m involved in processing volunteer applications, keeping our database up to date and creating our quarterly newsletter. Your unlikely to meet me as I’ll be in the office beavering away, but you’ll certainly have email/phone contact with me. I’ve worked in the third sector in Wakefield for over 12 years and really enjoy working for local charities.

Lynne Spirrett

Hello everyone, I am Lynne Spirrett and I am really delighted to be joining the Speak With IT team as their Charity Fundraiser. I have worked as a Community Coordinator in various capacities over the last twenty years, initiating and delivering fund raising projects and events in Leeds and working with volunteers who I strongly believe are the key to making things happen.

I am looking forward to working with the team and being involved in delivering a calendar of fundraising events for this year that will include the current projects and some new exciting ideas that I am sure will be really successful.

I am looking forward to meeting you all!

Gemma Hoyle

Hello! My name is Gemma and I am the acting Service Coordinator.  I am an experienced Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) and have been a referrer to Speak with IT for several years. I have also been a member of the charity’s SLT network since early 2020. Alongside this role, I work part time in a Clinical Lead role for a community based NHS SLT service in West Yorkshire. Volunteers may recognise me as I have supported with the Speak with IT volunteer training programme; both face to face and via Zoom.

Outside of work, my time is mostly spent walking my border terrier Arlo, running with friends or going to gym classes. I love music, especially going to live concerts or musicals!

I am looking forward taking a more active role with clients and volunteers and using my skills to enhance the invaluable service Speak with IT provides.

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